“So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!” (2 Corinthians 5:17, NRSV)
There is surprise and delight when we just happen to stumble onto something of interest or value. But, there is a deeper sense of satisfaction when we find something we had set off to find, or discover a solution to a question or problem we intentionally were trying to answer.
I think it works the same with tasks and accomplishments; and I know it works the same way with relationships and our interactions with areas of our faith. Acts of worship mean much more when we are intentionally engaged with them. Fellowship with one another is much more satisfying when we intentionally focus on that interaction. I think this mindset is where such phrases as “be the ball” or “be in the moment” come from; sometimes they are said in a spirit of humor, but that humor makes them no less true.
When we are intentional—or “in the moment”—we are setting off to find what we are looking for, discovering more of what we are meant to experience. We realize the greater value within all of our activities and interactions. We taste the flavors of life so much more vividly. There is a newness in the world, a brush with new creation, and we are able to see Christ present and at work in the all the events and endeavors we participate in … whether it be greeting someone, eating a meal, working, playing, reading Scripture, praying, or participating in Holy Communion.
Let us be fully intentional in all we do, say, think, and feel; opening us up to the grandeur that God had intended for us. For I am convinced that God was intentional in creating this world, and remains ever intentional in loving and blessing all of us.
May God’s intentional love, grace, and blessing always be upon you… Pastor Bob